Electronic band from Sheffield, England. Formed in 1977 by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. Originally called 'The Future', but changed their name to 'The Human League' in 1978 with the addition of vocalist Phil Oakey and the release of the single "Being Boiled". This original lineup lasted until 1980, after which Ware and Marsh left to form Heaven 17. Oakey kept the band name and added female vocalists, and it is this incarnation that gained widespread popularity. Mainly known for a synthesizer based pop sound, in particular the song “Don’t You Want Me”. The Human League released in 1982 a remix album, Love and Dancing, under the band name The League Unlimited Orchestra as a nod to Barry White's disco-era Love Unlimited Orchestra.
A.Human hail from the Dalston area of London. They tell stories about love, the damned, the strange and everything in-between. Vintage keyboards punctuate soaring triggered samples while rolling drums form an epic backdrop to wry and amusing lyrics. They draw influence from the disco soul of DFA and thoughtful dance music of New Order through to the art school originality of Talking Heads and lo-fi electronica of Arthur Russell. Their universally highly praised live performances are as chaotic and unpredictable as they are refreshingly thrilling and engaging.
Debut album ‘Third Hand Prophecy’ released in the summer of 2008, was heralded a masterpiece by the British Media. They confirmed and strengthened their reputation with appearances at the summers most high profile festivals including Glastonbury and Lovebox, tours with the likes of Metronomy, Shy Child and Art Brut, and a residency at Ibiza’s infamous Ibiza Rocks. Equipped with a ground breaking show and setting the benchmark for live acts. A.Human were included in the years round up of ‘6 Albums You Should Download’ alongside MGMT, Kings of Leon and MIA in Sunday Times Style, and number four in the ‘Top 10 Albums of the Year’ in the Independent. Having collaborated with James Yuill, Manumission and The Hayward Gallery, championed by the likes of Paul Smith and Andrew W.K, A.Human proved they are as diverse as they are prolific.
Having started their career as a six piece, early 2009 saw three members leave to pursue personal projects. Throughout that year the remaining three experimented with various different line-ups but nothing seemed to click. Exasperated the three came together and wrote their call to arms ‘Bring Me The Head of A Human’. The song and visionary video featuring all female choir ‘GAGGLE’ was a spectacular return to form, receiving plays on Radio 1, XFM, BBC6 Music and championed on endless blogs and websites even though it was never officially released. This was the confirmation the band needed to continue as fate had left them. They took up residency in a haunted country mansion in Yorkshire and started to work on new music. Their spectacular new material consists of impeccably crafted pop songs performed with a depth and honesty that aims to inspire as you run toward the dance floor.
‘Take Me Home’, the first single from these sessions, is a perfectly formed love song about breaking up. The wittily self-deprecating video, once again directed by the talented up-and-coming director and long time collaborator Jonathan Entwistle, is A.Human at their creative best. February 2011 sees the band co-releasing and touring the U.K. with London-based band La Shark - two bands renowned for theatrical live shows and remarkable pop music - a dazzling prospect.